Favorite Walk: She loves taking long walks with "grandma" around Exeter & to Ida Lee
Best Tricks: "Stick out your tongue" and "Bang!" (play dead), and the trick of the month is "Roll-Over"
Arrival Story: Magolia was an unexpected boon. My husband and I had picked out a pup from a litter, and the breeder had agreed to hold the pup a longer than normal until we returned from Africa. When we returned, the breeder told us that as first-time Dalmatian owners she didn't recommend we take this dog -- too much energy and she needed to go to a home who was skilled in training and dog sports so the dog would have a job. She promised us pick of the pet pups in an upcoming litter where she co-owned a dog. We knew it was fate when we found out that the pup's mom was named Claire (my name) and that the pups were born exactly one year before the day we had planned our wedding on!
When we saw the litter pictures there were a whole mess of little white pups (Dalmatians are born without spots) and then a little "grey" puppy. Our Maggie was the grey one.
When the time came to pick up Magnolia from the airport (she traveled all by herself -- brave puppy -- from Colorado to Virginia), we fell instantly in love with the little mostly black & white puppy awaiting us! And she's been our sweetie ever since!
Bio: Magnolia is from Tolair Kennels in (now) New Mexico. Shari, our breeder, has been our rock and our sounding board. She's been fantastic. Just before Maggie turned 2, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. We've struggled a bit, trying to get the appropriate balance between western medicine and alternative therapies to keep her disease under control with as little effect on Magnolia's active lifestyle as possible. She's on a grain-free, BARF diet (and loves it, though it turns our stomach to feed it to her). She LOVES her acupuncturist, Pam Grasso. And we just go on about our day like everything is fine! She has special tags that we always make sure she wears alerting about her meds and her disease. But other than that you'd never know that she has a problem!
We joke also about Maggie's handicap -- unilateral hearing. She compensates excellently, but occasionally she'll act as though she didn't hear a command well. We say she's turning her deaf ear to us so that she doesn't HAVE to behave! ;-) Her least favorite game is Hide & Seek because she often can't tell where the sound is coming from... she thinks it's unfair that we play such dirty tricks on her (she knows we have treats, she just can't tell where we are to come and find them!)
And in case you're wondering what "FDE" is it's her FunDogs Excellent Title!
This weekend was horrible! It wasn't about me!!!! Usually when Mom & Dad take me places it's because I get to play flyball or show off my obedience talents in Rally. But this weekend I just had to sit around and behave nicely while REBEL got to have all the fun. How boring is that?!
Mom & Dad took me and Rebel to Codorus State Park in Pennsylvania. It was so pretty and there was so much to do. I really wanted to run into the lake and roll in the dirt, but Mom said no because I'd just gotten a bath. And THEN Rebel got to go Dock Diving!!!! SO UNFAIR! Just cause I think jumping off of the end of a dock is scary doesn't mean that I shouldn't get to have any fun!
Mom says it's only fair that Rebel gets some fun since he always has to sit around and be bored and behave while I run flyball. But I don't think it's very fair or very much fun.
So this month we went to Lebanon, PA to FDA/PBA's Viva Los Flyball and that's where I got my groove on! (I'd say "grove back" but I don't think I ever had it before).
Mom was really worried because when they got to the tournament site there was a treat vendor parked right next to the box in one of the rings. I can't say I blame her, I've been really tempted in the past to go check out tasty, yummy treats instead of doing my flyball job. So, she ran me against Magnum in Single Dog racing. And boy did I show her!!!! Mom didn't understand how to play flyball with the lights, but all I knew was that I was going to run down the lane as FAST as I could and shock everyone!
And I did.
I ran a 4.756!!!! Pretty fast, huh?
Well, if that wasn't cool enough, I decided that this flyball gig was pretty cool. And the faster I did it, the more treats Mom gave me when I got back to the finish line! So I ran my little heart out all weekend. I did so well, I got to get my next title -- Flyball Dog Champion-Gold (FDCh-G). Pretty cool, huh? And best of all, our awards were presented by ELVIS!!!!
Mom just can't wait to get back in the ring with me. We're running on an uber fast team in May. I just love running with all my buddies. Cash and Bravo and Bitter will be there, and we're going to just ROCK ON!!!
Can you tell I'm excited about my birthday? Mom left me with grandmom today since she had to go to work. But I'll have tons of fun cause grandmom always takes me on fantastic walkies! Oooo, my FAVORITE!